February 2015 Issue of Becker's ASC Review

ASC Feb 2015 Current Issue



On the Cover

Current Issue 1
Healthcare Strategy 2015 — Back to the Basics: 12 Key Thoughts As one looks at the next couple of years and thinks about strategy, there are many different thoughts as to what is the right strategy. Click here to continue>>
Current Issue 2
ASC Administrator Dashboard: 11 Daily, Weekly, Monthly Metrics An administrator's "to-do" list when running an ambulatory surgery center is never-ending. Click here to continue>>
Current Issue 3

A New Era for ASC Partnerships — How to Optimize Payer & Patient Relationships

The days of easy negotiations for ambulatory surgery centers to make significant year-over-year increases are in the past.

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Publisher’s Letter
This is issue of Becker’s ASC Review includes expertise from ambulatory surgery center industry leaders. Click here to continue>>

Trends in the Current Stark Law Enforcement Climate
With increased focus by the DOJ, cases expanding its reach and recent record-breaking settlements, Stark Law has proven it is a force to be reckoned with in the healthcare industry. Click here to continue>>

1st Outpatient Total Hip Replacement Performed in Illinois

Valley Ambulatory Surgery in St. Charles, Ill., hosted the first outpatient total hip replacement in the state earlier this month. Click here to continue >>

9 Recent ASC Company News Updates

Here are nine recent news updates on big company players in the ambulatory surgery center industry. Click here to continue >>

ASC Management

Adopting the Updated GI Procedure Quality Metrics & What This Means for Practice
In December 2014 the a American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American College of Gastroenterology joint task force released updated quality indictors that span a broad range of GI/endoscopy procedures. Click here to continue>>

8 Financial Issues for Total Joint Replacements in ASCs

From proper patient selection to performing the procedure with absolute precision, the clinical aspects of outpatient total joints are essential. Click here to continue >>

Transactions & Joint Ventures
No two ASCs are quite alike, nor should any partnership be. Click here to continue >>

Outpatient Centers to Give Hospitals a Run for Their Money in 2015

A business analyst with one of Britain's largest banking institutions said he expects outpatient centers to continue their upward trend in 2015, Benzinga reports. Click here to continue >>

8 Observations on Healthcare Spending Over the Next 5 Years

The National Health Expenditure Projections 2012-2022 show healthcare spending growth over the next several years, according to a Yahoo News report. Click here to continue >>

Here’s What Concerns Physicians About Value-Based Care

The majority of physicians are most concerned with getting penalized for factors they cannot control. Click here to continue >>

Making GI Dollars Stretch Further Than Ever: Insight Into Financial & Operational  Efficiency

Gastroenterology practices and endoscopy centers still have the opportunity to profit, but margins are shrinking and challenges continue to arise as the healthcare industry is reshaped. Click here to continue >>

Healthcare Stocks No Longer Lead — But for How Long? 6 Things to Know

Are healthcare stock still a good bet? Click here to continue >>

Coding & Billing 

Medicare Pays for Spine Surgery in ASCs — But Does it Make Good Business Sense?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved several new codes for spine surgery in ambulatory surgery centers, which is a big, controversial step. Click here to continue >>

156 ASC Industry Physician Leaders to Know: 155 ASC Industry Physician Leaders to Know
Here are 156 physician leaders in the ambulatory surgery center industry to know. Click here to continue >>

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